Winter 2017 Newsletter
Hawkenbury Farm Development
The planning application of Berkeley Homes submitted to Tunbridge Wells Borough council (TWBC)for the redevelopment of the land at Hawkenbury farm has reached the planning committee stage. The committee met on 15th February and after a relatively brief discussion there was a unanimous vote to grant approval to the planning application.
All documentation can be found online at www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/appsearch by searching reference – 16/07023/HYBRID
The Planning Approval contains a provision for Berkeley Homes to provide Section 106 monies for the provision of additional infrastructure within the Borough. A significant amount of these monies will be used to help finance the new Primary School and additional facilities for The Skinners School but it is anticipated that some finance will be available for smaller projects in Hawkenbury. Provision of lighting between the all-weather pitches and the parking area has already been earmarked and a
suggestion for a skateboard park on the old bowling green at the Rec is being considered but please write to us via the website or call us on the mobile phone number if you would like to make further suggestions on the use of any S106 monies that may be available.
Play area and gym equipment at the Rec
Visitors to the Rec will have noted that the roundabout has now been replaced and is being well used.
We have been advised that the paperwork for the adult Gym Equipment has reached the top of the pile so hope to be able to give some good news in the next Newsletter.
Parking of AXA PPP employee’s cars around Hawkenbury
The HVA committee met with Graham Trueman, Head of Property Services and Outputs, at AXA PPP and discussed the parking of their employee’s cars on roads around Hawkenbury.
Mr Trueman has undertaken to write a brief article setting out measures being put into place by AXA to ameliorate the parking problem. We will publish the article in the Spring Newsletter.
In the meantime if anyone comes across a car parked across their driveway or parked illegally i.e. parked on a drop curb, then please contact the Police on 101.
Dunorlan Park – The jewel in Tunbridge Wells crown
By Joan Hamilton-Smith
Dunorlan Park is a jewel in the crown of Tunbridge Wells and, with the warmer summer months approaching, it is somewhere families in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area can spend a day out enjoying the beauty of the park and everything it has to offer. And there’s so much …….
There’s the lake and boating; peaceful walks; a children’s play area; hidden areas for children to explore; many places to just sit and relax and, of course, the wonderful café and much more.
The Friends of Dunorlan Park and TWBC often work in conjunction and, having spoken to numerous people in the area (I live just five minutes walk from the park), it’s surprising how many local people are unaware as to how lovely the park is and the many benefits of being a Friend.
There are numerous events in the park throughout the year and the Friends issue a newsletter three or four times a year with up-to-date information about wildlife; plant life; upcoming events and much more. Becoming a Friend ensure you are looking after your local park and the cost to join is only £7 for an individual or £12 for a family a YEAR!! Quite a cliché perhaps, but use or lose it!!
The benefits of being involved with the park include bat walks; fungal forays; birds of a feather; minibeast safaris and so much more. The Race for Life takes place in the park as well as a family fun day, possible outings, TW bike ride … the list goes on ….
Volunteers are needed to help look after the park so if you would be interested in helping to take care of your park in any way, give Diana a call on 01892 541875 or email her for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org
YOU can make a difference!
Annual General Meeting
We are proposing to hold the AGM on Thursday 18th May 2017 at Sherborne Community Hall, Dorset Road at 8 pm. (date for the hall booking is to be confirmed by Sherborne and any change will be advised in the Spring Newsletter but please pencil in your diary)
All our members are warmly invited.
Our Chairman, Graeme Gibson, will be stepping down from the post and also from the committee this year. We have also sadly lost two other committee members in the last 12 months. So we are looking for enthusiastic and energetic Hawkenbury residents to become committee members. Please write to us via the website and/or attend the AGM.
If you have news of events in Hawkenbury, Joan Hamilton-Smith would be happy to include these in her column in the Courier.
Phone: 01892 539551